By Nnamdi Ezekut in Kaliningrad:
Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic believes the team have the quality to beat Nigeria in their Group D clash at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.
The AC Milan striker however stated that his side must show respect to the Super Eagles who according to him have some talented players in their squad.
“Croatia have good wingers and strikers and we are not afraid, it’s a good idea to play and create opportunities for the attackers,” the 30-year-old told reporters in Roscinac on Wednesday.
“We have better quality than Nigeria, but we must show respect, they certainly have good offensive players, they have shown themselves against England and will undoubtedly be difficult, but we need to see where our biggest chance to win is and we hope to open the tournament with a win.
”If we have the right attitude and approach the match the way we should, then we will win.”
Croatia are without a win in their last three opening day fixtures at the World Cup.